• by Anne Rice
  • Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French - the white and the dark - intermingle. Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing - and from whom she inherits the power and magical knowledge of a Circe.Into this exotic New Orleans realm comes David Talbot, hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale - a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.


What the Critics Say

"Jacobi's reading of the tale is spellbinding. His refined British tone - with the slightest trace of a classic Transylvanian accent - fits Talbot's character perfectly, and he flavors the narrative with verve and mystery accordingly." (Publishers Weekly)


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the ending made the story. I did love it. I look forward to read the next in the series.
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- T. D. Howell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2000
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks